Jimmy Magahern

Arizona's freelance writer. Since 1982.

Phoenix, AZ

Jimmy Magahern

I write immersive stories on any subject thrown my way. I once wrote 5,400 words on the mall. Occasionally I come up with ideas of my own.


King of the Long Shot

Karl Tilleman is as sure a shot in court as he was on the court Link to Story

Lope and Change

Having tripled its campus footprint and grown twentyfold, Grand Canyon University sets its sights on respect from the higher-education community.
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No-Huddle Offense

Football programs are being cut at Maricopa County’s four community colleges. But players and coaches aren’t going down without a fight.
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A Matter of Degrees

Online education is big business in Arizona, but is the trend good for students – or the schools themselves?
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Health Care Power List 2018

Our list of the 25 most influential people in Valley health care is back for its annual checkup.
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Fire Sale

To offset budget costs, businesses can now buy ad space on Mesa firetrucks. Cause for alarm?
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Madame Question Mark

Widely rebuked for two election fumbles, Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan says she’s rehabilitated and ready for re-election – that is, if she doesn’t become governor first.
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Jail Break

Can Sheriff Paul Penzone’s kinder, gentler use of the Tent City grounds help high-risk inmates from returning to jail?
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Turn Back Time

Many anti-aging procedures can now be done without going under the knife - and often in a lunch hour. Here's what older adults need to know about the latest trends in cosmetic techniques.
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Unplugged and Un-beached

Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine premieres new storyteller's show at MIM
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Pharma Chameleon

Overnight, Valley billionaire John Kapoor went from biotech hero to accused opioid pusher.
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Business of Golf 2018

Which Scottsdale Airpark courses have the best-kept grounds, instructors and pro shops? We've got expert rankings.
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Jimmy Magahern

Give me a week, and I'll totally get into, under and around any subject. I learned that disciplined abandon as a young music journalist for the Phoenix New Times, where I'd write about The Clash one week and Julio Iglesias the next. (Both great, btw.)
Since then, I've written for the Arizona Republic, PHOENIX magazine, Times Publications and more. I've won Arizona Press Club and national writing awards in categories ranging from sports and entertainment to health, business and technology.
Give me a week, and I can find something fascinating, relatable and relevant to write about anything.



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